About the Match
New Zealand won the 2nd ODI against Pakistan by 8 wickets with 7 balls to spare; the hosts have taken a 2-0 lead in the 5-match series and will try to win the series when they take on Pakistan in the 3rd ODI at Dunedin on 13th January. With the last match affected by rain, the Kiwis had to face a reduced target of 151 runs in 25 overs, and they did so successfully with more than an over to spare. The visitors face a do or die situation, and they could try to fire from all their pistons to keep the series alive.
The bowlers did well to restrict Pakistan to 246 runs in the 2nd ODI with young pacer Lockie Ferguson taking 3-39 in 10 overs, and spinners Todd Astle and Santner dismissing 3 wickets between them. Experienced fast-bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult also provided 3 breakthroughs at regular intervals, and they are in good form to contain the opposition again in the upcoming match.
Chasing 151 runs from 25 overs, opener Martin Guptill posted 86 off 71 while Ross Taylor scored an unbeaten 45 to steer the team across the finish line with ease. The batting line-up has players like Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls who add depth to the unit. In the first match, captain Williamson led from the front, scoring 115 off 117 and helped the hosts build a good foundation.
Munro, Guptill, and Nicholls contributed well to give the Kiwis a solid 315 runs on the scoreboard. The bowlers then defended the total successfully thanks to Southee and Boult taking 5 wickets between them; Astle also contributed with one wicket and they won the match by 61 runs through D/L method. They are on a winning roll and could prove to be a formidable force to reckon with here.
Batting first against the Kiwis in the 2nd match, the openers failed to build a strong partnership; Mohammad Hafeez revived the innings by scoring 60 off 71 while Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali pitched in with well-made half-centuries to get them to a respectable 246. However, the hosts had to face a reduced target of 151 in 25 overs, and the bowlers struggled to contain the opponents. Mohammad Amit and Faheem Ashraf took a wicket each, but the others couldn’t stifle the Kiwis to win the match.
In the first ODI, Hasan Ali led with the wickets, taking 3-61 while Rumman Raees, Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf and spinner Fakhar Zaman took a wicket each; however, they couldn’t stop the hosts from posting a huge total of 315 runs. The visitors struggled with the chase, despite a reduced target of 228 from 30 overs; the top-order batsmen collapsed like a pack of cards except for Fakhar Zaman, who did well to score an unbeaten 82. They could muster only 166 runs in reply and lost the match by 61 runs.
The team has experienced players in both batting and bowling, and they could strategize well in the upcoming match.
New Zealand has already taken a 2-0 lead in the series and their morale is boosted to once again dominate the visitors here. Although the Pakistani pace is performing well, and could upset the hosts here, we feel that the Kiwis are clear favourites to win the match and series on Saturday.